• If someone asked you a hypothetical question, would you answer it? Ray asks an intriguing question that lingered during last weekend's action in Birmingham, Ala. The Yanks' win didn't come with an asterisk, but there's no question the vibe would have been a lot different had Federer played.
Just for fun, let's play this out:
• Several of you have asked about this in the past few weeks. Obviously this is a matter for a jury -- or, more likely, two lawyers looking to settle -- and I'm the first to admit I don't have all the facts. But looking at the suit on its face, my suspicion is that Garrison has an uphill fight. Her tenure as Fed Cup captain was not particularly noteworthy. In addition to failing to win a title, the attendance was spotty, the
She claims that she was paid less than
• I do give Venus credit. She could have mailed it in; instead she won the title. My point is that if you're trying to organize a credible, logical tour -- in which the biggest players play the biggest events -- it's undermined when one of your most marketable stars enters a Tier III in Acapulco. Why can't appearance fees be invested in the purse? Because it's a star driven sport and tournaments need headliners to sell tickets. You want to pay the few players who put fannies in seats; you don't want to pay
Aside: Has anyone thought to nickname
• Note to our friends in Newport: this is what it's come to. Tennis fans are wondering whether coaching a player to a Grand Slam title could ensure enshrinement. Cahill did masterful work with
• This ended up being tennis' answer to a Rorschach test. A sample of the responses we got:
But wait, here's
"In October 2000, the ATP announced a couple of changes which came into effect on Jan. 1, 2001. These changes include a new logo to better reflect the professional and progressive nature of the ATP Tour in the 21st Century and a shortening of the organization's name to ATP. The updated logo, developed by the ATP in conjunction with leading brand consultant Interbrand, has refreshed and enhanced the established tradition of a player serving as the symbol of the ATP. The new player image more effectively depicts the modern day game, and its explosive combination of power and athleticism. The name change adds simplicity and strength to the brand."
Hold on, here comes
I'm not exactly sure, but the ATP World Tour logo kind of looks like
writes: My guess is that The ATP tour logo appears to be a silhouette of Agassi. There is a photo of him at the Albert Park Reserve Tennis Centre (the spill over practice courts for the Oz Open) in just that pose. I will be fascinated to see who it may actually be.
• A lot of you made that analogy and I'm not sure it quite works. I would say there's a big difference between a player being denied entry to an event on account of her nationality/religion and players being booed in an incident that may have been racially tinged. As unfortunate as the Indian Wells situation was, that tournament (and the tour) would like nothing more than for the Williams sisters to play.
I don't think the Williams sisters are being singled out for not boycotting. Certainly not here. In a perfect world, it would have been nice if some courageous players (be they the Williams sisters, the Serbs or some journeywoman with a particular strong spine) had boycotted; but I don't think you really can blame them for continuing.
• Top Vince and a prize is yours. (And Vince, send me your address.) Best I can do off the top of my head:
• Surely Roddick surrendered his appearance fee. Other than that, I think he's in the clear. One final comment about the entire Dubai episode: that the Arab-Israel conflict is deeply personal and deeply polarizing is not exactly a news flash. But it was reinforced by you guys. Tons of mail, some more than 2,000 words long, explaining a position. But I was struck by the fact that virtually all of you, on both sides of the divide, were thoughtful and civil and reasonable. Maybe there's hope for us all yet.
• When was the last time Davis Cup merited a
• Who knew
• From the WTA discussion about including ITF results on a player's record: "While we currently include ITF events in our player activities and win-loss records, we don't include titles won in a player's title tally. We separate them on our web bios into Sony Ericsson WTA Tour and ITF Circuit titles, and any all-time lists count Tour-level events only."
The prince, who is heir to the British throne, beat competition from Obama -- who came fourth in the top ten -- artist
• Another (non-tennis)
• Was that really
• Agassi will play Outback Champions Series tennis for the first time when he participates in the The Cancer Treatment Centers of America Tennis Championships at Surprise Oct. 8-11 at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex in Surprise, Ariz.
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Have a great week everyone!